The new girl shakes things up

Finn’s understandably having trouble coming to terms with girlfriend Sam’s terminal illness. He’s trying to be strong, but who can he turn to for support? A new girl tries to empathise with him, although it quickly becomes obvious that she has issues of her own. No sooner has Evie Prior arrived at Waterloo Road than she’s winding up her classmates and causing more than a few problems for Karen. Gradually, her story emerges, leaving the school to deal with the fallout.

It’s appraisal time for the comprehensive’s new teachers. Their respective methods could hardly be more different. Will Eleanor Chaudry’s strict discipline win out over Daniel Chalk’s more laid-back approach? Karen doesn’t seem to have a lot of time for Eleanor but, after sitting in on their classes, she finds there’s room for improvement in both cases.

You’d think the headmistress would have enough work on her plate, but it seems Karen’s not too busy to provide out-of-hours advice to a certain good-looking school caretaker. As Rob works towards his PGCE, she’s quick to offer some help with his essay writing after work. Could this be the start of a beautiful friendship?

Meanwhile, Rob’s son Aiden is proving he’s a bit of a player, happily canoodling with Jess while also enjoying illicit encounters with Vicki. This is sure to end in tears!